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Definition of clip verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    clip

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//klɪp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//klɪp//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they clip
    BrE BrE//klɪp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//klɪp//
     
    he / she / it clips
    BrE BrE//klɪps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//klɪps//
     
    past simple clipped
    BrE BrE//klɪpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//klɪpt//
     
    past participle clipped
    BrE BrE//klɪpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//klɪpt//
     
    -ing form clipping
    BrE BrE//ˈklɪpɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈklɪpɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to fasten something to something else with a clip; to be fastened with a clip clip something + adv./prep. He clipped the microphone (on) to his collar. Clip the pages together. + adv./prep. Do those earrings clip on?
  2. 2[transitive] to cut something with scissors or shears, in order to make it shorter or neater; to remove something from somewhere by cutting it off clip something to clip a hedge clip something from something/off (something) He clipped off a length of wire.
  3. 3[transitive] to hit the edge or side of something clip something The car clipped the kerb as it turned. clip something + adv./prep. She clipped the ball into the net.
  4. 4[transitive] clip something (out of/from something) to cut something out of something else using scissors to clip a coupon (out of the paper)
  5. Word Originverb sense 1 Old English clyppan (verb), of West Germanic origin. The noun use dates from the late 15th cent. verb senses 2 to 4 Middle English: from Old Norse klippa, probably imitative.Extra examples He clipped off a piece of wire with the pliers. His hair had been clipped as closely as possible to the scalp. The trees had been clipped into formal shapes.Idioms
    clip somebody’s wings
     
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    to restrict a person’s freedom or power Having a new baby to take care of has clipped her wings.
    Phrasal Verbsclip something off something
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